‘It Was Extremely Hot Out So I Ran into Starbucks’: Parking Ticket Appeals

The Parking Commission recently received the following written appeals from ticketed motorists. ***

“This is my vehicle that is parked in front of my house, which we have owned for over 40 years. Since we don’t have a ‘drive-in’ paved driveway, we park in front partly off the pavement, as indicated by the induced photo. The front of the house is our driveway, essentially. Over the 40+ years of both residing and renting out this house, we have occasionally parked driver-side-in depending on which way we arrived and which end of the car needed access for loading.

Town Voids $20 Police-Issued Parking Ticket

Saying there’s not enough evidence to uphold it, members of the Parking Commission voided a $20 ticket issued to a Wilton man who had parked on Locust Avenue on a Friday evening in May. Jaromir Kosar told the Commission during a July 8 appeal hearing that two signs located near each other on the south side of Locust between Forest and Cherry Streets are in conflict, since one says ‘No parking any time’ while the other says ‘Parking 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.’

Police wrongly issued Kosar a ticket at 6:40 p.m. on May 14, he said, because he was parked near the latter sign (which has arrows pointing in both directions) behind two SUVs that blocked his view of the ‘no parking’ sign. Furthermore, Kosar said during the hearing, held via videoconference, there were no street markings in the area where he parked that would’ve indicated to him that it was a no-parking zone. Told that the police officer wouldn’t have ticketed him if he was parked legally, Kosar said, “I’ve got news for you: Police officers are human and they make mistakes. And they made a mistake here.”

When enforcement officers with the New Canaan Parking Bureau ticket vehicles downtown, they capture a photo of the violation.

Town Voids $30 Ticket Issued to River Street Man for Leaving Vehicle in ‘No Parking’ Zone

Despite neighbors’ complaints about traffic and safety problems caused by cars parked on what is already a narrow road, municipal officials last week voided a River Street man’s $30 ticket for leaving his car in a no-parking zone. There have always been no-parking signs at either end of River Street on the west side of the road, according to Parking Manager Stacy Miltenberg. However, the signs were far apart and residents mistakenly thought they could park in the middle section of River Street on the west side, she said. When the town installed sidewalks along that side of the street several months ago, public works officials put up temporary no-parking signs that became permanent once the sidewalks were in, she said. The town for many months has received complaints from residents “that it’s been difficult for buses and two cars” to go down River Street with vehicles parked on the side of it, though enforcement has been difficult in the past, Miltenberg said during a regular meeting of the Parking Commission, held July 8 via videoconference.

Parking Commission Upholds $50 Ticket Issued to New Canaan Man for Double-Parking on Elm Street

Municipal officials last week upheld a $50 ticket issued to a New Canaan man who had double-parked outside an Elm Street restaurant on a Tuesday afternoon in May. In pleading his case to the Parking Commission, Gayle Sanders said that he was “returning some lights to Rosie’s restaurant” that had been used at a catered event. “I had parked, double-parked right next to the restaurant,” Sanders said during his appeal hearing, held Thursday via videoconference. “I tucked in, there wasn’t any traffic and I put my blinker lights on, and carried the box in and then returned back to my car. I couldn’t have been more than one minute in the whole process.

‘I Would Never Ever Park in a Handicap Space’: Parking Ticket Appeals 

Ticketed motorists submitted the following appeals recently to the New Canaan Parking Commission. ***

“Greetings. I’m a 16 year resident of New Canaan and have paid my share of parking tickets, but I am appealing this specific parking ticket. After catering a party, Rosie’s had requested that I return a set of string lights to their restaurant. I parked my car just before the white pillars, tucked in to the space just ahead of the restaurant, put on my hazard lights and quickly carried the string of lights in to the restaurant.